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Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:28:38 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Stuart D. Gathman" <>
Subject: Re: Linux kernel: multiple vulnerabilities in the
 USB subsystem x2

Since we're arguing...  What would worry me is an exploit where I allow
a friend to connect their USB flash drive, it operates normally to all 
appearances.  Nothing is auto-executed by a stupid OS (like the Iran
centrifuge worm).  But, the device is able to insert some privileged 
code through low level protocol bugs - all while operating normally as
a USB storage device.  It is not obvious how any of the USB bugs just
reported could be exploited that way - but anytime you have buffer
overflows and stuff, some evil genius might find a way.  I also worry
about file system bugs doing something similar on any removeable media,
or downloaded image.

On Thu, 22 Aug 2019, Eddie Chapman wrote:

> On 22/08/2019 20:00, Perry E. Metzger wrote:
>> You can argue anything you like. Power charging points have popped up
>> around the world, and you're not in a position to stop
>> them. Furthermore, I'll note that over the air exploitable bugs in
>> things like WiFi stacks and Bluetooth stacks have also appeared over
>> time; perhaps it's foolish to have your phone on at all, and yet
>> people will continue to turn their phones on, and even to use them.

 	      Stuart D. Gathman <>
"Confutatis maledictis, flamis acribus addictis" - background song for
a Microsoft sponsored "Where do you want to go from here?" commercial.

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